Ideal for thru-hikers and ounce-counting backpackers, LEKI Carbonlite XL trekking poles offer premium performance at weight of just 14.3 ounces per pair! LEKI even includes an adapter to convert one of the poles to a camera monopod.
Idea for through hikers, ounce counting back packers or travelers, LEKI Carbonlite XL Trekking Poles offer premium performance at a weight of just 14.5 ounces for the pair. Adding to the versatility, LEKI includes a photo adapter that allows it to function as a camera monopod. Let’s take a closer look at the construction and the features of the Carbonlite XL Poles.
As its name would suggest, these poles are constructed of carbon fiber. Certainly a key component in why they are so lightweight. Another component is the pole’s internal locking mechanism, so out of view here embedded within the shaft sections, much lighter in weight than external locking mechanisms utilized on some other poles.
The three sections here with two points of adjustability give the poles a nice broad range of usability. You know, they collapse down small, but extend as far as 53.1 inches in length. There are markings on the shaft section so you know exactly what height you have extended the poles to. Twist them to lock them down and go in that reverse motion when you want to unlock them and adjust the height.
The poles employ LEKI’s AERGON Thermo XL grips. So it is a foam construction here on the grips, really nice next to skin feel. You have got ergonomics to that upper portion of the grip that maintain a nice, natural position for your hands. There is an extended length section of foam below those upper grips. That allows you to change up where you are grabbing the pole without always having to adjust the height of the poles. You are not always just on uniform terrain. You might be on switch backs, back and forth. And as your body turns into the slope or turns away from the slope, there is a want to make micro adjustments if you have to grab the poles at a certain position. And you can work around that with these extended length grips. It also comes in handy if you were using these with gloves. In winter it can be a little tricky to grab the poles and have the dexterity that you would like. But that little bit of extra diameter there gives you a more confident grasp.
At the top of the poles this oval shaping is really what gives this its AERGON name. It is designed in such a way that when you are palming the pole, if you ever want to be above or over top of the poles when you are using them, again, ergonomics that better match the shaping of your hand.
You can see the security straps that are integrated into the poles. Those are adjustable. Just pull up on the straps. Pull them to where you find them most comfortable for your wrists and that will help to take the strain, the stress, the wear and tear off of your wrists during long days on the trail.
At the other end of the poles you will find LEKI’s carbide flex tips, this entire section here at the bottom of the poles. At the very, very end is the actual carbide portion is. This is what most frequently is coming into contact with the ground and that is ideal when you are using this on trails, packed trails, dirt, things of that nature.
If you are going to be using this on improved surfaces, taking it on museum tours or using it, you know, for every day walking and it is on paved surfaces or rock, you will find better performance if you utilize LEKI’s rubber walking tips. It is just a press fit cap. They are sold separately, not included, but very much available to equip the poles for that kind of usage.
There is flex, as the name suggests, in these tips. If you were to get these poles wedged in some fashion or put them in a position that you were jeopardizing the pole sections itself, put them in a position that they might snap, this will actually break away instead of the shaft section. With that being a replaceable part, that is certainly preferable. And you could make do in the back country if this were to break away, but you would be out of luck if you actually sheared a shaft section.
The small disc you see here basically integrated into the tip is LEKI’s performance basket. If you think about these poles being utilized on surfaces where the poles may go down into the dirt, let’s say, you only want them to go so far or you are going to actually counteract the pole’s ability to give you the stability, the support that you want them to. So that slows that progress.
If you are using the poles in snow or softer surfaces, there are snow baskets, deep powder baskets, basically broader diameter discs that LEKI makes available. There is a threading here on the tips. This comes off easily. Those can replace them. They are sold separately, but, again, available if you know you may be using the poles in those kinds of conditions.
A really unique feature of the Carbonlite XL poles is the photo adapter feature that LEKI includes. So looking at the top of the grips here, you will see a little red tab. If you flip that open, there is a place in which you can thread in a camera mount, right into the top of the poles. If you think about traveling or being somewhere where you just want to get that perfect picture, sometimes holding your camera only goes so far and you need a little more stability. And now you have got it. It allows these poles to function as a monopod. Mount that camera on top, drive the pole into the ground and you will find that you are able to take higher quality photos than you would be able to without that interesting feature.
With that really unique set of features, that ultra light weight carbon construction, LEKI Carbonlite XL Trekking Poles, it is a really interesting option for through hikers, for back packers or for travelers.